Vanuatu: Emae goes 100% organic

On 4 July 2016 residents of Emae, Vanuatu, officially declared that their island would become 100% organic. In an effort to protect the environment, the island has banned fertilisers, chemical pesticides and imported agricultural inputs. Over the next 3 years, the entire island of 32 km2 will be converted to organic farming and an application for Participatory Guarantee System organic certification will be submitted to the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community. In addition to their environmental benefits, the organic products will also provide new income streams for young farmers. The initiative is supported by a number of international donors including UNDP and IFAD.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.